How to submit a memorial
If you would like to submit a memorial for an animal who has been honored through a donation to the Veterinary Memorial Fund, or if you have questions about the fund, please contact Mindy Quigley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-1363.
For memorial submissions, please include the following information:
Angel 2/19/2001 - 6/5/2015
I would like to thank Sycamore Veterinary Hospital for their kind donation in memory of my beloved Schnauzer "Angel Sigman." I bought Angel in 2001, and she has brought me so much joy throughout the years. She was always by my side. She was truly the best friend a person could have. She will be dearly missed. RIP Angel! I love you!!!!
P.S. I would like to say "Thank You" to all the veterinarians out there. Thank you for your dedication, kindness, sympathy, and for the endless love and care you all have for our innocent and precious animals. I appreciate everything you do for our beloved pets. May God bless you all!
Athena 3/1/2007 - 3/21/2015
Athena, who was given to me by my daughter in 2007, was both my baby and my friend. She slept with me every night. She was so loveable, sweet, and very well mannered. Athena was my sidekick, and everyone loved her. She was excellent with kids. I miss her so much, and I will always love her. The night she passed a part of me died. I got to love her for eight years, and I know she truly loved me. I LOVE YOU, ATHENA.
What a thoughtful gift made in honor of my beloved Avery from Mr. and Mrs. Spencer. Even though he was only five-and-a-half years old when he died from cancer, Avery brought loving joy each day to me. Dogs are truly man's best friends, and I admire your endeavors in lengthening their lives.
Baby 2004 - 2015
I received Baby as a Christmas gift from my husband. It was love at first sight. She was smart and loving, and everyone loved her. She was a constant joy to me and my family. I miss her every day.
Baby S. 8/31/2006 - 6/11/2015
I sincerely thank Maple Shade Animal Hospital for their kind donation to your memorial fund, and I thank the VMF funded research for the work they do in honor of our animal companions.
The first time I saw Baby, I fell in love with him! He became part of our family when he was one year old, given to us by my son’s former girlfriend who was moving to Hawaii and couldn’t take Baby with her. His tail wagged non-stop, even when he had to take a trip to the vet, which he wasn’t fond of! He had such a happy demeanor; everyone who came to know him fell in love with him, too. I told him at least 10 times every day how cute he was and how much I loved him. He was my best buddy and kept me such good company and would cheer me up when I was feeling down. His favorite thing to do was chase squirrels in the back yard and run back and forth along the fence line with his neighbor dog friend. His loss was unexpected and devastating. I miss him terribly and love him so much. I do find solace that one day we will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge!
My younger sister convinced my mom to buy a West Highland White Terrier three weeks before she left for college in 1998, because she had been so enraptured by another Westie when she was an exchange student in France. Bailey was our first dog, and I didn't like him when we first met. I wanted a more "manly" dog, if we were to have one at all.
When I got married, I convinced my mother who was moving to Florida to give Bailey to me, and my wife and I doted on him like a child. My marriage failed, but I kept the dog, and he lived with me while I put things back together.
I finally met my wife, and we wanted him to live with us. He wanted to kill her cats, however, so he lived with my father for the remainder of his seventeen years. He was a companion and life partner to Chocolate, their fat beagle, who died within two months of losing his best friend. Bailey was a fantastic dog, loving, obedient, and sensitive. He brought joy to everyone who knew him.
Bailey A.4/2002 - 5/2015
Bailey was my best friend and the best dog anyone could ask for. He was a 120 lbs. and all muscle; everyone said he was the biggest Golden they had ever seen. He loved swimming, tennis balls, and was everyone's best friend. Bailey received amazing care at the vet school each time he had issues. I’ve worked here for the past 10 years, and I didn’t know anything about the Memorial Fund until I heard about my co-worker’s contribution in Bailey’s memory. Knowing he’ll be remembered through her gift means a lot. I miss him more than anything, but no one can take my memories with him away.
Baxley 8/12/2010 - 4/14/2015
It’s hard to put into words what I would like to say in thanks to Kiln Creek Animal Care. They fought the battle with me and shared tears with me during my loss. Every day I say out loud or in my mind, “my sweet Baxley.” I received the letter today about the donation in honor of him and I just cried. He wasn’t just a dog; he was my baby. A sweet living creature that looked me in the eyes and knew my every move and thought. I miss him so much, but at least I know I had the chance to love and be loved by this little guy. Not only did he touch my life, he touched others and that is truly a gift that we all should strive for. Until we meet again, I love you Baxley!
Bella was my love, she was my heart. I found her in California in a kill shelter. She was huddled in the corner terrified. Bella had been found on the streets rummaging for food.
The moment I met her, I loved her, and even though she was afraid I felt her fierce spirit. From the moment Bella was let out of her cell she was a light that shined brightly in my life and heart. I could have never been more blessed than I was when she became my little girl. When Bella became ill with renal failure, Augusta Valley Animal Hospital worked tirelessly to save her, but her age and her illness were too advanced. I will forever miss her, and part of my heart will be empty without her forever.
Buddy, a maltipoo and my parents’ baby, was seven years of age when he passed away from degenerative disc disease in June 2015. He was beloved and, yes, very spoiled. He was carried everywhere by my father and walked in my father’s arms rather than on a leash. He went with them everywhere. He looked like, and was, a lamb from God. We know he is pulling his friend Holly's tail in Heaven and eating her treats. They are finally re-united. He is so missed. Love you, Buddy.
Buttercup 12/7/2003 - 5/30/2015
We met Buttercup in February, 2004 and knew her name even before we saw her, especially being a Yellow Lab. She came into our lives just two months before our oldest grandchild was born so needless to say, they grew up together. Buttercup never met a stranger. She greeted everyone with that typical Lab tail wag and smile. Scratch her backside and you had a friend for life. She and I walked many a mile together keeping each other in shape. Buttercup seemed to always have some reason to visit the vet but she loved the attention. She will be missed, and we're thankful for the awesome love and care she received at Maple Shade Animal Hospital.
Candy 1998 - 2015
It all started with a sick puppy named Candy. I begged my mom to get the smaller, quieter pup of the two. Over the years, Candy became a great companion for me, and she was a small dog that I could carry everywhere on my arm. I even bought her some sweaters and bows to wear. She quickly became spoiled and would not let anyone else touch her if she was being held. When my family moved out of our house and into an apartment, we were not able to take Candy with us. I was very reluctant and sad at first, but then I began to realize that Candy was right where she was supposed to be. She went to live with my grandparents, and she could not have been more loved and cared for than she was with them. Candy was a very happy, spoiled and loved pup who brought joy to many people throughout her life. She will be missed dearly every day.
Canyon Levi 12/28/2001 - 5/18/2015
It was an honor to receive the letter about the donation made in honor of Canyon Levi by our vet to the Veterinary Memorial Fund. Canyon left this world on 5/18/2015 at 13½ years, and has left a gaping hole in our lives since then. He enjoyed a love-filled and exciting life, and he provided so much love, loyalty, and compassion to everyone he met. Anyone who petted him became his friend instantly, and he touched the lives of every person he met. It was impossible not to fall in love with him. He traveled many places with us, but his favorite place was the BEACH! He had his quirks such as being terrified of thunderstorms, but the ocean did not intimidate him for one second. He would jump right in and lay down in the waves. We were so lucky to have had this boy enter our lives and make these past 13 years unforgettable. We all miss you. I love you my best friend, my guardian, my angel!
Casey 6/19/2001 - 2/28/2015
We got Casey when he was three months old. He was the love of our lives and always a bundle of joy. He loved to play with his Frisbee and travel with us when we went on trips. He was a smart little corgi and understood everything we said to him. He even learned how to spell cat. This came about because whenever anyone said the word cat, he would run to the window and bark so we started spelling the word 'c-a-t,' but he would still run to the window and bark. Casey was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eight, but with the help of an excellent and compassionate doctor, we were able to keep it under control for five years. It finally got the best of Casey, but he fought it until the end. We will forever miss our little corgi.
Cassie was a wonderful best friend. She loved to go for walks, ride in the car, and spend time with her family. She brought a smile to the faces of everyone she met. Cassie had the best disposition and was very loving. We all miss her very much.
Cate 2001 - 3/6/2015
I had the honor of having Cate in my life for the past nine years, but I knew her from the time she was a puppy. She originally belonged to my best friend, Dr. Lisa Tedora, who was an alumnus of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. When Lisa passed away all too soon from melanoma, she left Cate to me.
Cate was an exceptionally smart and loyal dog who went through quite a number of changes in her life and accepted them with grace and dignity. She was funny, loving, and playful, and in her younger years participated in agility competitions. She even became a pseudo-Mom to a kitten I adopted, and that cat always thought of her as his mother. She loved walks in the woods, riding in cars and, of course, treats above all. She was a joy to be around and my life is a little lonelier without her around, but the memories remain.
GCh. Peachtree's Mister Chadwick, CGC, RE,JE, CD. was every breeder’s dream dog. He did it all in the conformation ring, with numerous group placements, an obedience dog with many titles, and a hunter with an earthdog title. But best of all was his talent as a therapy dog registered with TDI for a total of five years. He made people happy, as he could sit up while still wagging his tale and then he smiled, as if to say, I am such a smart boy.
Although I had mostly used him as a conformation dog and a stud dog, his real talent was with people. He was a big black and tan dachshund, around 30 pounds but solid muscle. He had a very deep bark. His favorite place was in someone's lap or performing for someone who was having a down day. He died too young and he is missed terribly by me and the people he visited.
Cici Died June 6, 2015
Cici was part of our home for almost 16 years. She loved to play ball, romp in parks, and meet new people. She basked in the attention she received, particularly from children. She accompanied us to the beach and to Ohio for family reunions. She slept with us at night and loved to snuggle. When she got older and could no longer jump on and off the bed, we moved the mattress to the floor so she could still join us. A huge thank you to the Falls Church Animal Hospital for caring for Cici when she was ill and for donating to the Veterinary Memorial Fund when she died.
When we first met CK, we could see that he was a loving dog and would make a great companion. I used to tell friends and family that CK was put on this earth just for me. During our time with CK he was a wonderful pet and friend. He loved to take trips, and in particular he loved going to the river. He knew he was going to be able to run and play in the great outdoors. Everywhere he went he made people smile. He got to know my schedule so well that he could come and get me when it was time to go to bed, and he would go to the door when it was time to go out. CK wasn't just a pet, he was my best friend, and I will never forget the time we had together.
Cleo 10/10/2000 - 2/17/2015
We were honored to be Cleo's family for 14 years. She was our first "baby" and a beloved best friend to our daughter. Cleo was cuddly and smart.
She received outstanding care from the staff at Pouncey Tract Veterinary Hospital in Glen Allen, VA, and we thank them for their kind donation in Cleo's honor. It was a devastating day when we learned she had been diagnosed with lymphoma. It was thought we'd only have her around for six weeks after her diagnosis. Cleo defied the odds - she played, ate treats, and gave us so much joy for 22 months after diagnosis. We were so fortunate to have her in our lives for 14 years. We miss Cleo every day.
Cody 8/1/2002 - 2/12/2015
I would like to say thank you to Big Lick Vet for their monetary donation in honor of Cody. Cody was a do-anything, go-anywhere dog that never left our side. He gave us so much love and was up for any adventure. He was such a loyal companion and never met a stranger. He gave so much love to this world and he will always hold such a special place in our hearts.
Coquette 12/19/2006 - 6/6/2015
Countryside Animal Hospital was kind enough to donate to the memorial fund after caring for Coquette and discovering the hemangiosarcoma that took her away from our family way too soon. I still ache for her presence in my house and will never forget her. She was my girl. Coquette, I hope you are at peace now and have found your place with our beloved Great Dane, Grace, that passed before you. Until we meet again.
Cosmo 12/25/2001 - 6/9/2015
Our sincere thanks to Centreville Square Animal Hospital for their donation in memory of our beloved Golden Retriever, Cosmo. Cosmo was born on Christmas Day 2001 and shortly thereafter chose us to be his forever family. One of a litter of just three, he was a big puppy and grew up to be a big boy, but he had an oh-so-gentle soul. He loved to be outdoors, especially when it was cold and snowy, but always slept in our bedroom with us, most often on the bed! He also loved his walks and would let us know which direction we should go, stopping along the way for several good rolls in the grass. But mostly Cosmo loved people and made a point of greeting everyone we met on our walks. We would joke that while few people knew our names, everyone knew Cosmo -- "The King." Our beautiful, gentle boy graced this earth for 13 _ years and while that is said to be a long life for a Golden, it was not nearly long enough for us. We will miss him every day and he will live in our hearts forever.
I just wanted to express my deep gratefulness for the work you do. I hope that the donation made by my vet, Dr. Stephanie Shane, will assist in this endeavor.
Cricket would have been 16 in April and was a rescue from MAESSR. I was her ‘forever’ home. I hope you don’t mind me sharing a recent photo taken of her. Thank you again – this gesture truly warmed my heart and helps in the loss.
Cujo 5/21/2002 - 6/9/2015I always wanted a dog since I was little. I begged and begged my parents for one. It took many years of convincing, but I finally got my four-legged friend, Cujo, when I was nine years old. He was my best friend from day one. We knew Cujo before we inherited him - he belonged to our family friend who moved overseas. Whenever we were at the friend’s house I used to play with Cujo, and that was where my love for dogs began. Cujo was a great dog, who loved sleeping and eating. He wasn’t the most friendly dog but he loved us. He brought joy to everyone in my family and displayed true unconditional love. I miss being greeted by him at the door. He will be missed dearly. I love you Cujo!
I found Delmer when he was a newborn and nursed him with baby bottles until he was weaned. He was a strong-willed cat and always had a mind of his own. He was very special. He got along with my other animals, but when he wanted to be left along he would let you know! I’ll always miss him, and his passing has left a hole in my heart.
Dominic came to us as a little puppy by way of our youngest son's girlfriend, who was working at Augusta Animal Hospital at the time. The owner didn't want him, so she took him; however, her mother wouldn't let her keep him, so he came to us. Dominic wanted to be around people all the time. He slowly edged his way into our lives, and I'm so glad he did.
Dominic could jump over a couch without even touching the couch. He loved life. Dominic was also a protector as he was very wary of anyone coming to our home. He loved our granddaughters, and they loved him. Unfortunately, Dominic didn't like storms, fireworks, flashing lights, etc., and when those occurred we knew what to expect. We tried everything from pills to the Thunder Shirt but nothing worked. Our furniture got destroyed, and we had many sleepless nights, but never once did we consider giving him away or putting him down as this was something he had no control over.
Dominic was also a very smart dog. He is dearly missed by our family, and the home doesn't seem the same without him, but in our hearts he will always live.
The Duke of Rasmont 10/28/2004 - 10/20/2011
Duke never missed a night under the stars. He let me know when he was ready to come in: A good yoga stretch, a knock, a soft bark. I always told him, ‘Let me know when you're ready’ - He did. Thank you for the wonderful service you provide for so many of God's creatures.
Duncan 8/6/2006 - 4/21/2015
I wish to thank Dr. John and his wonderful crew from Animal Medical Center of Warrenton for this special gift in memory/honor of my Scottie, Duncan-MacGregor. Your assistance, along with that of the ER vets, helped us figure out what happened to make Duncan suddenly ill…
Duncan was a dog that loved his sister, Maggie, and his owner, me. He enjoyed food, walks, and racing in the yearly Virginia Highland Games. He will be dearly missed.
Emma 1/2003 - 6/2015
The touching letter we received from Veterinary Memorial Fund caught us by surprise. The respect and sympathy shown to us by Old Mill Veterinary in Leesburg, VA, is a gift we won't forget.
Emma was eight weeks young when we brought her home. Spoiled from the start (she was our first baby, had freedom to explore the entire house, got little snacks and treats at every meal), we were delighted to have such a happy and loyal puppy. Even when our daughter was born, Emma continued to be her sweet, cuddly self. She accompanied us on trips, cruising through 21 states, Canada and eight European countries. Friends and family were always eager to watch her and they too, treated her like the princess she was.
Her departure from this world left us with broken hearts and almost unbearable sadness. But our pug will live in our memories forever.
Ethel was eight weeks old when I bought her late January, 2002. Boy, did I ever get my money's worth! Being a widow, she was my precious companion, and loving to everyone she met. A Border Collie, she liked to help with the cows, but sheep were her favorite. She loved them and is pictured with one of 'her' lambs. She adopted two abandoned pups from a nearby farm and mothered everything from cats to baby chicks, which she also 'claimed.' She was so sweet, and never saw a stranger, thus had the job of official greeter at the foundation where I worked when she was young. She was heartbroken when I had to work 12-hour shifts, plus commuting four hours - because I had to sell the livestock. But she lay by my parking spot, whatever the weather, and waited for me to come home at night; boy, what a greeting! When I remarried and moved 20 miles away with my husband, Ethel adopted him, too. She was seriously ill but just did not quit; she came out to greet us on Saturday evening when my husband came home from the hospital before she died early Monday morning after Mother's Day May 11, 2015. Such a terrible Loss!
Fancy 2004 - 4/20/2015
Thank you to the wonderful and thoughtful vets at Burke Animal Clinic, especially Dr. Johnson for making a donation in Fancy's name. My wife and I adopted Fancy from a local shelter in Fairfax. Fancy would always try to leave with us when we had to leave for work. She was a very sweet and loving cat who loved to climb in your lap, fall asleep and purr. We were extremely heartbroken to watch her pass away. Her brother Sunshine is very lonely without her. We will always remember her and keep her in our hearts.
Belle “Fenwick” 6/2/1999 - 4/7/2015
Thanks Fenwick –
Thank you for letting me experience the sunrise and the sunset; Thank you for letting me hear the first leaves of Fall crunch under my feet; Thank you for letting me see the moon and stars twinkle; Thank you for letting me have the first footprints in the new fallen snow; Thank you for making me smile when you skip as you walk; Thank you for letting me see the first buds of Spring and the flowers rebirth; Thank you for letting me smell the new mowed grass; Thank you for letting me lounge in the renewing sunshine; Thank you for letting me see the dolphins and the feel the warm breeze on my face; Thank you for the smile you bring to me as you run to greet me; Thank you for your protection; Thank you for your comfort during sleep; Thank you for your unconditional love.
I will miss you precious girl.
Many thanks to Biscuit Break Pet Services for their support and love to me and Fenwick.
We are so appreciative and grateful for the short time we were blessed to have Fozzie in our lives. He had more love to share than we could ever have imagined. Fozzie always made our day happy, greeting us at the door with a wagging tail. He loved to take walks with his Mom and play with his favorite toys — tennis balls! He also would patiently sit beside his Dad's chair and wait for "cookies" (treats). Fozzie has certainly left paw prints on our hearts forever.
We wish to thank Dr. Evans and the Augusta Valley Animal Hospital for their generous donation in honor of Fozzie. Dr. Evans provided such compassionate and care to both Fozzie and to us especially during his illness and end of life. We will be forever grateful for his care.
Frodo 5/17/04 - 4/26/15
A long-haired chihuahua, or so they said…
You came into our lives by accident and because you were so calm....NOT! You fooled us! But we loved you and everything about you!
You were our protector: small, but MIGHTY (unless there was a thunderstorm or fireworks). You made us laugh, doing "torpedo" around the house when we played with you, guarding a ball of socks as if it were a steak! And you made us and anyone you met smile from your sweetness. You made friends with all — human or otherwise!
You gave us so much love and you were loyal ’til the end. We miss you SO much and you will be in all of our hearts forever.
Furby was only six weeks old when we picked him out of a large litter. He was very sweet, loving and a bit of a scaredy cat.
Words alone cannot describe our grief at losing Gatsby, our thirteen-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. His owner purchased Gatsby as a gift for their teenage daughter. Three years later she went off to college, and his owner put him up for adoption. We had just lost our thirteen-year-old Miniature Schnauzer "Scooter," and for first time in 20 years we were without a dog in the house. It was so lonely and quiet. We saw Gatsby on "Schnauzer Rescue for the Mid-Atlantic." While Gatsby could not replace "Scooter," he immediately helped fill a giant void in our lives. He was a great companion, intelligent and loyal.
Gatsby was such a lovable dog and immediately became friends with"Jake" another Schnauzer we adopted. It never gets easier to euthanize a pet, but we gave Gatsby ten good years. We will always love and miss him.
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” -Unknown
Georgia was such a tiny girl (eight pounds), but she had a big heart! She was our first Doxie. She was a beautiful dog and friend. The sweetness of her made us want to adopt two others! The three Doxies were the best of friends, but Georgia always knew she was the leader. Her tail never stopped wagging. All who met her loved her. Our hearts broke the day we no longer had her to snuggle. Thanks to the Staff of Southwest Virginia Veterinary Services for their kind donation in her honor.
I found Goby when she was three weeks old. I nursed her with baby bottles until she was ready to eat solid food. Her solid foods of choice: bacon, rotisserie chicken (white meat only), and cream cheese. No cat food. No one could believe this.
She would wake me in the morning with a gentle paw to the face to let me know she was hungry and it was time to eat. She was a beautiful white calico with piercing blue eyes. She was very special and will always have a special place in my heart.
Grover was only with us for 3 1/2 years, but his loss left a huge dent in our lives. We will forever remember our silly little boy. Thank you to the doctors and students who made him comfortable in his last days. The care he received was outstanding. The respect and information given to us greatly helped us make the very hard decision that we had to make. We also want to thank Dr. Richard Wright at Riner Animal Hospital for making the arrangements to bring Grover to the hospital. Thank you for letting him leave us in such a meaningful and dignified way.
Gus was a special dog. He was not a pet; he was my hunting buddy for 8 _ years. From September to March, we hunted from the salt marshes of the Eastern Shore to the bean and cotton fields of southeast Virginia. We went through beaver ponds, abandoned farms, and cemeteries deep in the woods. We would hunt until noon and eat lunch together, while planning the afternoon hunt. He always agreed to my plans. The day he left was dark, but I feel he is running through the clouds, trying to find that one last bird.
Haly Cat came to me in a February 2004 in a snowstorm. I never owned a cat before—always a dog. But being an animal lover, I couldn’t turn her away. I was blessed to have her for 11 years. She was the Queen of the House and also the boss!
Harpo 5/2005 - 7/2015
There are no words to express how much we loved this beautiful boy. He joined our family in July 2005 at 6 weeks of age and filled every day until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, on July 10, with love, loyalty and laughter. He was a family member in every sense of the word. We can only hope that we provided him with as much peace and comfort during his final time as he did for us over the 10 years he was with our family. He loved to swim and play, but mostly he loved to be wherever we were. Constantly by our side and was often seen riding in the passenger seat with whoever was going –bye bye,” doing school pickups or just hitting the drive thru.
Kempsville Veterinary Hospital was there from the day of his first puppy check until the day he crossed over. Their compassion during our time of sorrow was more than we ever expected, and their donation on Harpo’s behalf just shows how caring they truly are. Thank you to everyone that makes a difference in an animal’s life. They truly make a difference in ours!
Heidi 1/1999 - 4/2015
Heidi was a miniature dachshund born in approximately 1999. Due to separation anxiety and fear biting, she went through several homes before she was presented to me in 2004 while I was working as a veterinary assistant. She was offered to anyone at our hospital for free, otherwise she would go the pound were she would likely have been euthanized. She quickly captured our hearts when she showed us her sweet, affectionate, and playful side. We spent years reconditioning her behavior, and while she frequently found a way to cause trouble, we loved her like a child. Heidi saw me through undergraduate studies, veterinary school, and my first two years of clinical practice. She taught me about obesity, chronic vomiting/diarrhea, dentistry/oral surgery, adverse vaccine reactions, behavior problems (of course!), the challenges of having a deaf dog, chronic kidney disease, and the ever difficult decision regarding quality of life. Through the help of the hands that first rescued her ten years prior, she passed peacefully in her favorite bed. I am forever grateful for all she taught me.
We first spied Homer as a thin stray slinking across our yard on a cold day in November 1995. It took nearly a year for him to move from his residence outdoors—at first under our porch and later in our garage—to his life indoors. He slowly became acquainted with our resident Maine Coon cats, Tigger and MacGyver, and eventually they were all best friends sleeping on the bed together. Homer loved his indoor life and enjoyed watching birds at the feeder outside the kitchen window. In his last year, he was totally blind, but adapted to our house by memory and touch. Amazing to see such a positive spirit even if his whiskers were a little worn! He died after 18 long happy years of life.
I am so thankful to Dr Larsen from the Pocoshock Animal Hospital for everything she has done for my beloved Hutch.
Hutch, some called you a 'dog.' Although you had the physical attributes of a 'dog,' you were my BEST of everything. You were my best friend, my best companion, my best listener, my best walking buddy, my best alarm system, my best protector, my best counselor, my best comedian, and my best true love. You taught me so much about unconditional love. You were the most loving being I have ever known. You also had the strongest will of anyone I've ever known. By the age of 15, you had endured 5 major joint surgeries and still had the determination and unbreakable will to continue even though you had lost the ability to walk. Although I miss you terribly, I know you are now running in the fields of Heaven with your Creator and the Master of Love. Mommy loves you!
Jake was adopted at 16 weeks from a puppy mill where he was the less desirable runt of the litter. When his eyes met mine, there was no doubt in my mind that he would never spend another night alone in a crate he could barely fit in. Jake was the most gentle, loyal, and loving retriever, indulging in hugs and love that was given to him while equally giving so much more to us in return. Although our beloved Jake passed away unexpectedly at the age of seven, he has given us a lifetime of happiness and memories we will cherish forever.
Jett 2000 - 2015
We appreciate the donation and great care given to Jett by Peaksview Animal Hospital in Lynchburg. Jett came to us as a rescue at the age of four. We had 10 great years with Jett, and he was a real trooper until the end. He loved being wherever we were and had excellent manners. He was always so appreciative of any and all attention. He was a great traveler, whether it was the beach, the mountains, or the plains. He loved people, other dogs, children, and cats. He will be greatly missed.
Katie 7/2000 - 5/2015
Katie was born around July 4th, along with her sister “Josie” and brother “Fred,” in my neighbors garage. It was love at first sight. The momma found a home with another family and the three babies quickly became our babies. We loved all three equally, but Katie was special. She loved nature walks, comfy blankets, and keeping guard over us whenever we did yard work. She was bossy, stubborn, feisty, talkative and a big clown. She owned us - we didn’t own her. We can say without question, she had more personality than most humans we know. She has joined her brother and sister and not a day goes by that I don’t think of all of them, but Katie-Girl was probably the best cat we have ever had the pleasure of owning. We want to thank the doctors and staff at Countryside Animal Clinic for the years of excellent care, kindness and respect that all of God’s creatures deserve.
K-C 1999 - 2015
Although cautious around other animals, K-C loved people, and would rush to them. K-C was a great lap dog until he was about 14, when he started to lay around. We always took K-C with us as he loved to ride in our car, and of course be with us.
Kitty 1/16/2004 — 5/27/2015
Kitty was an 11 1/2 year old English Mastiff who we received five years ago from a family friend. Kitty then became the sister of Otis and Bugsy, who were also English Mastiffs.
Kitty loved to roll on her back and scratch around in the grass or carpet. She loved to be outside on her deck watching the neighborhood. She was a very vocal dog. She would bark once when she wanted inside. She would whimper when she wanted a treat and she would dance when it was dinnertime. When she was sleeping, her snores could be heard anywhere in the house. Even though we received her later in her life, she was definitely loved and is greatly missed.
Lacey 6/6/2000 - 4/4/2015
When young, Lacey gleefully bounded through snow with unbelievably high leaps, so we dubbed her "snow kangaroo." Once, when she was much older and wasn't moving well, I took her for a walk in the woods she'd always loved. We walked along the creek, and I paused to enjoy the scenery. In that pause she clambered onto a fallen log and, before I realized her intent and could stop her, she executed a daring flying leap from the log toward the creek's water and rocky bed. I was terrified for her, for her old bones, for a poor landing on the rocks. Luckily, she landed with only a bit of stumbling, and the image of her in that fleeting moment was burned on my brain forever: a dog suspended in midair, four legs outstretched, wild doggie grin, eyes wide with joy, sunshine behind silhouetting her with a golden halo. It was the face, the leap, the joy of a dog who had forgotten she was old and weak, who had no fear, who was in the middle of possibly her very favorite activity in life. It may be my most treasured memory of my incredibly beautiful and cherished baby girl.
Lance was our free spirited, full of life ‘puppy’ for the 12+ years he lived on this earth. He was always ready to play at the drop of a hat, ball, sock, etc. Lance’s face remained youthful even though he had started getting the characteristic gray markings that older dogs show as they age gracefully. Up until the end, people who didn’t know Lance would come up and remark, ‘Hi, puppy,’ or ‘That’s a nice puppy you have.’ Knowing that Lance was over 12 years old, I would always just smile and chuckle to myself.
Lance was the light, fuel and source of energy that ran the Sutton household. We miss him dearly.
Libby 2000 – 5/08/2015
Libby came to us when she was about one year old from some people who couldn’t care for her properly. We were told she was a chocolate Lab mix, but she was rust colored. Low and behold after a few months she turned a beautiful chocolate brown. Her rust color was from being left outside all the time. She fit right in immediately, happy for all the attention…a lap dog at heart. Libby always wanted to snuggle.
Libby would stick like glue to us until she got the urge to roam, thankfully not too far. When we looked for her we would find her down the hill at the creek…soaking wet, of course. We were very lucky to have such a wonderful pet; she is missed every day.
Thank you to the Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic for their years of care and for their thoughtfulness in honoring Libby.
Little Bear (a.k.a Lil Bitz) will be treasured forever in my heart. I would like to thank Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care and their wonderful staff, who cared for him his entire life. Thanks also to Caring Hands and their staff. Lil Bitz was loved by many and will stay in their hearts and memory also. I know he is resting and still looking out for me and our caregiver, Jim. Time went by too fast. We miss you Little Bear. May you rest in peace, knowing you are loved and made such a difference in our lives.
Lucky came to us in 2009 after he lost his pasturemate and needed a new home. A vocal and happy little guy, he was the smartest equine I ever knew, he loved people, and would always talk to us when he saw us. He brought us many hours of joy, and we miss his nickers and whinnies! Thank you, Damascus Equine, and Dr. Michael Erskine, for your excellent care and the gift in Lucky’s name.
Maggy 8/5/2004 — 10/24/2015
Maggy changed our lives for the better. She brought us such joy. We will always miss her. We are so thankful for her 11 years of life. We were touched by the donation made in honor of her memory.
Magnum 6/12/2004 — 5/22/2015
Magnum came to our family in 2007. We rescued him from a friend who was taking him to the Humane Society. We were blessed by taking Magnum in. He was one of the best dogs we've ever had the honor of having as a part of our family. He was like a puppy, with lots of kisses—happy, playful and so full of life from the day we met until the day he passed. When he became ill, his vet and I did everything to help him. When I finally had to make that heartbreaking decision to put him to rest, I cried for days. I will always and forever love and miss my Magnum. Hugs and kisses my sweet, loving and devoted Mag.
I would like to thank Hilton Animal Hospital and Dr. Fink, for their gift to you in memory of Mary. She was found as a stray and taken to the Portsmouth Humane Society.
I volunteer there, and she was not doing well in the cage, so I took her as a foster. She was a beautiful, gentle soul, and loved dogs, cats, and people. When we adopted her, she became a “failed foster.” We were not sure of her age, but Dr. Fink, Melissa, and the rest of the staff at Hilton Animal Hospital took excellent care of her, and after only three years and a diagnosis of cancer, when it was time, and they helped her to the rainbow bridge. She was very much loved for those last three years.
Max 11/15/2004 - 7/07/2015
Max was found at the local animal shelter when he was 18 months old. He was scared, dirty, hungry, and needed a family. We gave him a home, a safe place to play, and he in turn gave us nine years of loyalty, and was later referred to as ‘Chief Security Officer.’ He loved his human family, as well as his canine baby sister, Daisy, and was the Keep Away Champion of the World if you played ball with him. His impersonation of Dino the pet dinosaur from the Flintstones when I came home from work was as if he were Dino himself. We will never forget you, buddy. We know you did not know what was happening to you in the end, and you still want to be with us, but you are no longer suffering and are always playing where the grass is always green.
Max H.Our Max was just one day shy of 11 years old when he went to 'Rainbow Garden.' He was a rescue as a young dog, but proved to be loving, funny and the best companion anyone could ever ask for! He took a big chunk of our hearts with him, but we know we'll see him again when he crosses the 'Rainbow Bridge.' Our thanks and prayers for the kindness shown to him and us by Dr. Sharon Coleman.
Maxwell Braveheart (Max) was a wonderfully contradictory fellow. He could be fierce in protecting every treat he received, going so far as to use his muzzle to push cat fur from the stair treads onto a rawhide chew, if no better cover was available, and standing guard over it for hours, growling. However, he could be just as sensitive and loving as he was fierce. Once, when one of us was suffering from back trouble and had to sit up all night in the den, he left the bed and bedfellow he always slept with, made his way downstairs, and kept a companionable vigil all night. Our whole family mourns our little Maxie.
Merry was our Dowager Empress. Although shy until she got to know you, she adored attention. She shared our house with several other cats over the 13 years we were together. Merry was less than amused, but she learned to accept these other occupants of the house with only slight sassiness and disdain. To say Merry's relationship with the other cats in the house was unique would be an understatement. Watching her pick fights with the other cats, all of whom were bigger cats, was fascinating.
Eventually, when age and disease began catching up with her, Merry changed from the queen to the old lady of the house. Even when she was in her last days, she still presented herself as elegant and regal. When she stopped grooming herself, the other cats pitched in to help where they could. Sometimes she let them, but usually her pride stepped in and she would refuse to be cared for. She died as a dignified and honorable lady, leaving a hole in our household.
Mia was a 12 year old Siamese who came into our lives as a six-week old kitten. She immediately became the Queen of the house, ruling over her staff (my wife and myself) and her subjects (our other cats) with love and affection as long as she received full attention. Woe be us if we ignored her or went on a trip. We can still remember her running to retrieve her “fuzzy duckie” and dropping it at our feet and looking up at us as if to say ‘What, do you think I am, a dog?’; but then she would do it all over again for as long as you threw it. Her favorite position was either in our laps or putting her head on our pillows at night and falling asleep with us, gently snoring. Through the great efforts and dedication of Dr. Evans at Augusta Valley Animal hospital, her final days were as pleasant as possible. With her passing, she has left a large void in our lives. We thank the Augusta Valley Animal Hospital for their generous donation in her honor.
MiKatty ‘Kadster’ was a four-pound Yorkie who truly believed he was a hundred-pound guard dog. In his younger days, he would run and cut back and forth so fast that no one could catch him. He had an adventurous spirit that had him sneaking out of his home in New York state, exploring the woods, and finding a neighbor's house to crash in for the night. He was always the more independent of our two fur-babies; his best friend, Toby, misses him a lot. His life in Virginia brought him his soulmate later in his thirteen-year life; my husband, Jon, and MiKatty bonded at first sight. After that, Jon's lap was rarely empty, always occupied by his best bud, Kadster. MiKatty honored us as a groomsmen at our wedding, and even when walking was tough for him, he'd be carried along on our walks. MiKatty was a small dog, but he kept and still keeps a huge part of our hearts. We miss you, Kadster, and love you so much.
We adopted Millie from the Portsmouth, Virginia SPCA in April 2003. My husband selected her—he said, “This is the kitty I want. I’m going to name her Millie.” Millie was a beautiful tortoiseshell tabby. She was very, very sweet. She loved to sit with my husband; she was his kitty.
We adopted her to be a companion to our two-year old amber tabby, Teddy. They loved each other and were true companions. Both of these kitties were our children.
She had a good home and a good life. She gave us great pleasure the 12 years she was with us. My husband predeceased her. Teddy followed her in sleep on July 16th. All three of them are in beautiful urns on my husband’s table. Our wonderful little girl, Millie, will always be with me.
I rubbed our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Mo, with a towel at his birth, and held him close as he left to cross the rainbow bridge. Mo completed his AKC champion title at age two under Judge Lester Mapes. Mo brought joy, companionship, and devotion to my family and my other Corgis during his lifetime as a family member in my home — forever in our hearts.
Mollie and Sallie 2002 - 2015
2003 - 2015
Both my girls were Petfinder rescues. Sallie was always a free spirit and was super smart (border collie part). Mollie was a terrific, obedient therapy dog who went with me to the nursing home for visits. That was her ministry. She was a wonderful companion. I loved them both so much, and they loved and protected me. I feel very fortunate to have had them in my life and miss them so very,very much! Thank you for the wonderful work that you do on the part of these pets!
Molly Jean was more than just a dog, she was my companion-soul mate. She was many things, and would let you see her as she really was. She was of simple tastes and desires; of simple expectations and seemed to be likened to an ancient Oak Tree, which grew by the streams of life’s waters from which she drank so deeply. Go, Molly Jean, to the gentle beauty which you have been looking for, and so abundantly deserve. Go, for as you already know, the pains, the sorrows, and the cries of this life are but a small part of the wholeness. And so with the grace of an angel, not the grief of a child, I release you from my selfish concerns and wishes. Go, do not tarry for my sake; but in your going, know that you have always been, and will always be, loved. Go now Molly Jean, my best friend. I LOVE YOU MOLLY JEAN.
With Love, Always and Forever....Dad
Thank you to Countryside Animal Clinic not just for the donation in Monster's name but also for the love and care provided to us while he was in our lives. Monster was spunky in his younger years and was always super snuggly, even tolerating our toddler's "affections" - her first word was "kitty" and he was her favorite. We love and miss you, Monster Kitty!
Moses 6/2003 - 3/2015
I would like to thank Dr. Kim and the staff at Chesapeake Animal Hospital for donating in honor of my beloved Moses. Moses was our love. He traveled with us wherever we went. He gave us so much love and loyalty, and he was a great companion. He was also a Beauty! Loved the family and could not wait for the grandchildren to come to run and play with them. We miss him terribly, and he is always in our hearts. Until we meet again, our love, our best friend.
Mosimo 10/3/2003 - 7/24/2015
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank Robin Schmitz for her donation to the memory of our Mosimo. Mosimo joined our family when he was nine weeks old. He was a rescue dog that we adopted from AARF. He was a furry, black and brown, roly poly pup. When he was about four months old, his coat started to turn lighter. Little did we know, Mosimo was almost 100% Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and their coats do lighten over time.
Mosimo will always be the most beautiful dog we will ever see. He was very smart, loving and quite independent. He always greeted us with lots of hugs and kisses. He was our first family dog and when he passed, he took a large part of our hearts with him. He brought so much joy to our lives and to all those who knew him. We are so blessed to have had almost 12 wonderful years with him. Rest in peace, faithful friend.
Muffin Adorable Sunshine 4/2004 - 6/12/2015
Muffin Adorable Sunshine, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, entered our life in April 2004. She was a loyal, playful dog who loved just being with us. She always knew whenever we were going out in the car and would position herself in front of the interior garage door, pleading with us to take her along. Whenever we would return home she could be counted on to be waiting at the door.
She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in August 2013. Although dealing with this disease, she remained a playful, loving companion. Sadly, the disease caught up with her and we lost her on June 12, 2015 leaving a void in our life.
Olivia was adopted into our family the summer of 2009 at the age of 6 months. I went to BARCS in search of a kitten who would be a good sibling for my other fur-baby, Adventure. When I saw her sweet face I knew she was the one. She was a little shy and skittish at first, but after some loving she knew she was a part of the family. She would crawl into your lap if you were sitting on the couch or lying in bed and she would just purr her little heart out. The end was hard… When we found out her condition would not improve, we were crushed but knew that in her last days she was well cared for and was loved until the very end. She was a part of our family for six wonderful years and will always live on in our hearts.
Oreo 1/31/2004 - 2/4/2015
Ms. Oreo had more love, spirit and sass than the world she lived in! She was quite skilled at talking back while wagging JUST the tip of her tail. She knew that trick would get her out of trouble! She had the whole family wrapped around her little paw. She will be loved and thought of forever. We hope and pray that she is behaving herself in heaven and not testing the patience of Job! We could not have been more moved by the ever so touching gesture of Peaks View Animal Hospital for their giving of love and compassion for our girl. The entire staff is just incredible. We are eternally grateful.
I would like to thank Dr. Bollenbeck and the staff at Towne Animal Clinic for donating in honor of my sweet boy Oz.
I met Ozzie at an adoption event and became his forever family when he was eight years old. I had to let him go this year when he was almost fourteen years old. He was the sweetest, gentlest, funniest boy and I will miss him forever.
Thank you to the Vet School for all the work you do and will continue to do to give our pets full and happy lives.
I realized how important contributing to the Veterinary Memorial Fund was when it was my own horse, Paddy, who was admitted to the Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Paddy was there in 2000 and again in 2001, and received excellent care both times from his surgeons, nurses, medical and administrative staff. We only lost Paddy last year at 24 years and I am certain he lived a full and healthy life due to the expertise of the teams at the EMC. It is a great comfort to me to remember him through the Veterinary Memorial Fund.
Peanut was found as a stray kitten outside my office building and was brought into our lunch room. The first time I saw that darling little guy I yelled out, "I'll adopt him." He was the sweetest animal and would lick my face and sleep in bed with me every night. He loved being petted and always had to sit next to me. He was eighteen years old when he passed and I miss that little guy so much. The donation in his honor was made by Falls Church Animal Hospital, and I appreciate that honor from them.
My husband is a commercial fishing boat captain, hence the AKC registered name, My Captain's Black Pearl. We got Pearl as a pup who had just reached the long lanky leg stage, but with a bark that would scare a German Shepherd! She had a golden heart.
My Captain's Black Pearl
As exquisite as that which sailors find,
This beautiful black Pearl, oh dog o' mine.
Ne'er was there a being as loving as she,
Neither flaw nor fault did ever my friend see.
This gentle soul graced the pages of our lives,
Her eternal spirit lingers now, above our cries.
Thank you to Countryside Vet Clinic for making this donation in honor of our sweet Phoebe. We picked up Phoebe by chance at the SPCA in Richmond, VA when our oldest, Emily, was 4. She was the first for Emily, who is now 19. Phoebe definitely was her kitty, but loved everyone in the family. Although she may have had a thing for my husband early on! ;) Phoebe was an indoor/outdoor kitty and loved the heat. We would catch her outside in the sun in the summer, but once the cold weather arrived, she was an inside kitty for sure.
Phoebe was pretty active for a long time, keeping our home clear of rodents (and unfortunately a bunny or bird, everyone once in a while) and always standing guard… She even enjoyed going on a walk with the dog, and moaning at us when we went too far. We truly will miss her and I know our dog, Buster, misses her too. Phoebe was popular with the cats in the neighborhood, and was incredibly fit. We would often catch her practicing climbing trees and throwing mulch up in the air & batting it away. The vet was always shocked at her age compared to her health — she was one healthy kitty. We still expect to see her around the house meowing to be let outside or just get a little attention.
Pitty Pat was almost two years old when we got her. She loved being a companion kitty to her human mom. She knew her own mind, and had a very strong will to live.
Rascal 4/23/2002 - 3/10/2015
Rascal came to us at two years of age. An English Pointer, he lived to run and hunt upland game. An extremely sensitive dog, at first he was not sure of me or Carole, as previous trainers had forced him to hunt and point. After a while, he became a member of our family — a loyal friend. One frightful day, Rascal was hit by a driver who then sped away. We rushed him to University Vet Clinic where our treasured Dr. Dave Jackson saved his life. This is the same clinic where Rascal was gently cared for until his passing due to cancer. Rascal laid claim to my truck, couches, and to the bed, but more than that, he laid claim to my heart. What a bright, loving dog, friend and companion.
Raven was given to us in the fall of 2000. We didn't want a puppy, and she spent the first month of her life with us being called "Stupid Dog." Stupid dog dug, ate, chewed, peed and pooped on everything we loved. She even dug out of our yard and got locked up at the pound. Her first official record was when I was bailing her out, and I insisted that they create her record under the name "Stupid Dog".
But over the course of the next 15 years, my sweet Raven became the anchor of our family. She raised four kids, showing them complete and unconditional love. She licked away their tears and gave them reasons to laugh and smile every day, even when I could not. For the last 10 years, when I was working from home, she became my constant companion; one I continue to miss daily. When my husband become disabled, I think it was her that kept him from sliding into the deepest depression.
The very last time she could walk, she walked down the driveway to see my youngest son safely get on the school bus. That was her last day with us, on April 8, 2015. She was so stoic, even through what had to be great pain. Who would ever think we could come to love "Stupid Dog" so very much? She will live on in our hearts forever. Rest easy Raven. You've done well.
Raven A. 2001 - 2015
We brought Raven and her sister Spirit home with us on a beautiful summer day in July. From the very first day that Raven came into our house, you could tell she was very strong willed.
Through most of Raven’s life she had several medical problems and some required life-threating surgeries. Because of the great personnel at Ashby Animal Clinic, especially Dr. Bell who performed those surgeries, Raven pulled through. In May, Raven died of cancer. Because of Ashby Animal Clinic, Raven had a lot of beautiful summer days for 14 years. Raven, “The Queen Bee,” we miss you, and your sister, Spirit, misses you.
Reggie was found in the barn of a friend of my daughter. We adopted him as my wonderful birthday present. Even as a kitten one could see that he was going to be a big guy (18 pounds). He lived a full life with his four brothers and sisters. When his time came at only nine years old, it was extremely heartbreaking. Reggie was my special pal and I will remember and love him forever.
Richard “The Lion-Heart” 6/4/2001 - 3/22/2011
Remembered through a gift to the Veterinary Memorial Fund.
Rosie was the most beatific dog; nothing ever disturbed her serene outlook on life. We found her limping down Patrick Henry Highway wearing a hunter’s tracking collar. Her owner didn’t especially want Rosie back, just her collar (‘Cost me $100!’), and so she stayed to live at our farm. Unlike many hounds who started life as hunting dogs, Rosie never roamed far but was content to patrol ‘her’ nearby valley for rabbits when she wasn’t camped out on the bench in the kitchen. She lived a good, long life until cancer and other maladies took her away from us. We will always miss her loving, indomitable spirit. Many thanks to Dr. Al Henry and Peaks View Animal Hospital in Lynchburg for Rosie’s extraordinary care.
Roxie 11/8/2007 - 9/20/2015
I would like to thank Drs. Virginia and Michael Edwards for their generous donation in honor of our dear Roxie. She was our first dog as a family and never stopped protecting us. Roxie was truly a part of our family and a devoted running buddy. Even after a 16 mile run, she was eager to play with us with her treasured stick afterwards. She was wonderful with our three children, playing and cuddling with them all day long until it was time to follow my son, Connor up to bed at night. She was so special that our entire extended family loved her and we all miss her dearly. She was one of a kind and will never be forgotten.
Roxy was a cute little pound puppy we rescued. She was the most obedient, sweetest, and most loyal dog we've ever had. She was awesome at Frisbee catching and would play until she was so exhausted, we'd have to MAKE her rest. I miss her faithful tail thumping and how she smiled in response to talking to her no matter what...
Dr.Gibson and the staff at Compassion Animal Hospital helped us keep her mobile and comfortable until she went peacefully over the bridge on St. Patrick's Day this year. We miss her immensely!
We adopted Rylo on Aug. 2, 2012 from the Dachshund Rescue of North America. We had rescued a double dapple longhaired dachshund in Jan. 2012. Patch is deaf and somewhat sight impaired. We got Rylo for him as a “dog buddy.” They took several months to get used to each other, then became best buddies. We all miss Rylo, and may get Patch another ‘dog buddy’ soon.
Real crossed the rainbow bridge on May. 19, 2015. Thanks to Kempsville Veterinary for their donation in Rylo’s honor.
Sabrina joined me in June 2002, and I had never been happier. She was with me during all of life's great moments: moving, career, marriage, and my the birth of my son. This March I was devastated when she left my side. She was my best friend for so long, and it was so difficult to let her go. I will miss her soft fur, love for life and take charge attitude. I LOVE you Sabrina!
Sadie 8/22/1995 - 2/18/2013
Miss Sadie came into my life at a very young age. She was definitely a KEEPER! She took part in everything I did from celebrating holidays, visiting family and friends and taking plane trips. She loved her toys and being in the area of the front door to get her daily dose of sun. She was the best companion. She never complained and was always happy to be part of the action. Miss Sadie was a strong and sturdy little dog until the cancer took her life. She will always be in my heart. I love and miss her so very much. She was a beautiful little dog with a very BIG attitude.
Sammy 2000 - 4/15/2015
Sammy was a scrappy, sweet, resilient cat. He was also gorgeous. As a young cat, he charmed my then-boyfriend (now husband) and grew up with my daughter, now 9 years old. He got lost and returned several times, occasionally traveling miles against all the odds. We loved him and miss him!
Shelly 2/1/2002 - 4/9/2015
Shelly came to Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue (NVSR) because her owner could no longer keep her in the assisted living facility where he resided. She was thirteen years old with a very large mass on her chest. Shelly was a sweet girl who was friendly and receptive to petting. Her two foster providers shared Shelly care during out-of-town trips. Shelly also took a liking to eating socks, which was discovered at the second foster's home when she vomited them separately. We don't know how long they were in her stomach!
However, Shelly's sarcoma continued to grow. Her x-rays and blood work were not encouraging for her future. Eventually, it became clear a decision needed to be made. Dale City Animal Hospital vets gave her foster providers information, compassion, and guidance in this difficult decision, along with the excellent care and attention they gave to Shelly. Shelly captured our hearts, and for that we are grateful.
On November 25, 2011, I fell in love with a little Russian blue kitten at Peaksview Animal Hospital where she had been living since being found in a nearby tree hissing and spitting (hence her name, ‘Little Shiz’). Our eyes met through a window, and soon she joined our family as the mischievous foil to our zen-like orange tabby, Tiberius. She loved to perch on shoulders and nuzzle, curl up on a lap, and spontaneously surprise attack unsuspecting cats or humans. Shiz brought joy and playfulness to our whole family, and is missed every day. We are grateful to Peaksview Animal Hospital for bringing Shiz into our lives, for their dedication to animals and their owners, and especially for making this gift in Shiz’s memory.
Silas 2003 - 2015
The touching letter we received from the Veterinary Memorial Fund caught us by surprise. We felt so honored by the gracious donation made by Dr. Ashley Rethemeyer and the team at Fork Union Animal Hospital in remembrance of our sweet boy, Silas.
Silas was truly a gift to us from God. In October 2004, on my drive home from work, I spotted him walking along a busy road. Typically, I would pray that the wanderer get home safe, but this time God had something else in mind. I heard God’s voice in my heart telling me to turn around and get him. After half a mile of reasoning that I couldn’t possibly add a third dog to our family, the voice would not relent. I turned around and found a frightened dog that showed signs of neglect. When I pulled up to our house with him my husband knew right away that he’d be staying. We searched for the owners but thankfully, no one came forward.
Silas provided us 10 and a half years of lessons, love, loyalty and a sweet spirit that we will never forget. We are grateful his memory will live on in this way.
Skippy 7/2000 - 4/2015
What a thoughtful gift given in memory of Skippy by Falls Church Animal Hospital in Virginia. Our family adopted Skippy, a foxhound mix, in 2001 from HART. Skippy loved everyone, and we couldn't have asked for a better family companion of almost 15 years. Skippy loved looking out the window, going on walks, and sitting on the deck in the sun. Our lives just aren't the same without him. We miss him everyday, but he will always be in our hearts and memories.
We are very touched to learn of Chesapeake Animal Hospital’s donation in memory of Skye (Sunshine’s Free Flight). The doctors and staff at the hospital have provided us over 20 years of the best quality care possible for our companions. Skye was not only stunningly beautiful, she was a wonderful friend, and a zealous watch dog. She’d jump for joy when we came home and would spend the evening watching TV with her dad while getting belly rubs. She loved the outdoors and walks in the woods – her last big adventure was chasing a bob cat – fortunately, she was far from catching it. We miss our little girl dearly. Thank you, Chesapeake Animal Hospital, for the honor of a memorial contribution to a wonderful cause for Skye.
Sophie 11/23/2004 - 7/26/2015
Sophie came to us with her brother, Sammie, a month after we lost another precious cat, Roxie. The very first day we had Sophie, at only 8 weeks old, she climbed up onto my lap, looked me in the eyes and patted the heart shaped locket I had around my neck. This locket has the picture of the cat we had just lost. It was as if she was saying, "It's ok momma, I am here now. I'll heal your heart." And heal our hearts she did. She met me at the door whenever I came home. She was very vocal and we had many "conversations." She would get me up for breakfast every day at 4:30 in the morning; there was no snooze button on Sophie. She would poke me until I got up. She didn't care much for the next two cats and beagle we adopted, but we loved her more than words can say. It has been too quiet without her. Her sudden departure from this world left us with broken hearts and almost unbearable sadness. We all miss her so very much. We love you baby girl.
Thank you to Peaks View Animal Hospital for honoring our Sophie with a kind donation to this fund.
Speaker 6/15/1998 - 6/12015
Speaker the cat, a.k.a. Speaker of the House, was a loving pet, faithful companion—more like a dog than a cat in many ways—longest-lived pet, and best and most memorable cat I have ever been privileged to know. Special thanks are due to Doctors Ann and David Gardner and the people of the Maple Lane Veterinary Clinic in Weyers Cave for the care, love, and concern that they showed - always, and especially during Speaker's final struggles - and for their contribution in Speaker's memory.
Mike and I said goodbye to my best real estate buddy ever! He was everything a lifetime buddy should be. He loved to look out the window, sit on the porch for hours keeping the neighborhood safe with his watchful eye, and travel anywhere we went, sitting up high in his car seat so he could sightsee. He would snooze in his bed next to my desk while I was working. He would go with me to pound in real estate listing signs, deliver infobox fliers, or drop off contracts. The car was where he wanted to be--in that seat! He loved his tiny beanie baby toys, treats, and would fuss and cry when Mike went to the garage without him. I couldn't have asked for a more devoted buddy. He was the biggest couch potato and sun worshipper, but as long as his hearing held out, he was on the spot barking when the doorbell rang! Half of our adult lives, Mike and I have had him in bed with us, and will miss him terribly. RIP, our beloved Spike!
Sweet Pea 8/1/2001 - 6/11/2015
Sweet Pea was our baby for 14 years. She was friendly to all and loved everyone she met and was loved in return. She especially loved her brother, Squeaky, who passed April 3, 2014. She loved to ride, going on friend and family visits, vacations, riding with us when we delivered parts, and even to Church. She put thousands of miles behind her over the years. We have truly and surely missed her since she left us for the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you to Rustburg Veterinary Clinic for recognizing her _ it's an honor for her and for us as well.
Tabitha 6/23/2000 - 3/10/2012
Tabitha was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We took Tabby home on a beautiful day in August. She was the most loveable dobbie we've ever known. She was a good protector and fearless when she came up against all kinds of wildlife. Unfortunately, cancer took her. As we put on her tombstone, their paws touch our hearts. We will always love her as the family member she had become.
Teela & Gracie Spot
Teela had the sweetest disposition of any dog, especially a Border Collie! She loved her people, and she loved to watch the cows whenever she came back to Virginia. We are forever grateful for the work VT did to help her after a cow broke both bones in her lower leg. She lived many years after her injury and still enjoyed running, chasing balls, and herding cats.Teela has left us with a hole in our hearts, missing her sweet smiling face and her ever-present companionship.
We also honor her friend Gracie Spot, who was born the same day and died two weeks earlier. Gracie was a delight to her family, an adorable Jack Russell with energy to spare and a sweet nature. Both deserved to be called ‘A Good Dog,’ and we will always miss them.
I have been trying for days to find the words to share precious memories of my Tinker. I have come to realize that there is no amount of words and no amount of time that can assist me in sharing with others the most beautiful blessing I received in my lifetime, Unconditional LOVE ! She taught me patience, perseverance, forgiveness, ability to dry a tear and bring about smiles accompanied by laughter. In my life I have never met such a gifted educator. My desire would be for the whole of ‘humanity’ be as blessed as I, for this would comfort and possibly guide towards healing our world as it stands. Tinker will forever fill my heart and soul with love and joy! With the deepest gratitude, I must thank Dr. Vicks and Seven Bends Veterinary Hospital for their warmth and compassion. It is comforting to know they are there, for our ‘babies’ and Us!
Tinkerbell 2001 - 3/2/2015
Tinkerbell was named by the local Humane Society where we adopted her. We kept the name because it fit - she could "fly," and she had a personality that was sweet but somewhat spunky. Her eyes were "Tinkerbell green," and her tabby fur was incredibly soft.
There are two stories about Tink that especially reflect her personality. She was adopted with our other cat Stumpy, a Manx who was twice her size, and he would often bully her. She would usually retreat. One day while sitting outside, we saw Tink come to Stumpy's somewhat undeserved rescue when a big Labrador was chasing him. She reared up on her hind legs, (all seven pounds of that tiny frame!), and scared the dog away. We didn't know she had it in her!
The other story was closer to the end of her life. She had been suffering with cancer for several months when I broke my foot. But in spite of her misery, she would cuddle up next to my broken foot, as if she was trying to comfort me. It was amazing. She died five days later. Tinkerbell was very dear, and I miss her dearly.
TK 1998 - 6/2/2015
TK was adopted by my parents Elaine and Wes Carter in 2000. They loved and enjoyed his company. They were true companions.
Tootie 9/27/1999 - 4/1/2015
Tootie, whose AKC registered name was "Angel In My Pocket," was truly an angel. She loved people and her dog friends. Tootie took care of her best friends, Rudy and Maggie, with a face wash at bedtime. She also kept a careful watch over Rudy, who at 16 and 1/2 years was deaf and blind. Tootie lived a long illness-free life until she left for the "Rainbow Bridge" on April 1, 2015.
Trifle (a.k.a. Ponce’s Prince) 6/14/83 - 4/30/15
"The wildest of colts make the best horses."
Trifle was the President of the Spoiled Horse Club. We both knew who was the boss in our relationship, and it wasn't me. A descendant of Man O’ War, he was beautiful and loving, talented and strong and so smart. I miss his nicker or whinny for me when I walked into the barn, the way he would run his nose across the bars of his stall for a treat, how he would take the halters and lead ropes off the stall doors and drop them on the floor, how he had a fancy for gray mares... I was so lucky to have him in my life for 19 wonderful years. He was my universe and I miss him very much.
Thanks to Dr. Mike Erskine and his staff at Damascus Equine for taking such good care of him.
Tucker 6/26/2001 - 3/6/2015
Thank you, VCA University Veterinary Clinic, for making a donation in honor of our baby boy, Tucker. He was an honorary Hokie, with our youngest daughter being a Hokie alumni. Our family rescued him as a puppy in August 2001, and he instantly became a family member and our best friend. It's impossible to summarize what Tucker meant to us: he was the best thing that ever happened to our family, and the biggest blessing in our life. Tucker knew how to help each of us in his own way and he continues to inspire us every day. Tucker’s favorite pastimes included sitting on the porch protecting his land, playfully chasing away any squirrel, deer or fox. He enjoyed howling with fire engines, taking long naps in the sun, making nose art on our windows, and graciously offering his assistance to help us eat our food. We are thankful for every second we had with Tucker and will cherish our memories forever. Tucker, please rest well, take long peaceful naps, run around and guard your new home and we look forward to the day where we are all together again. We love you!
Tyler 11/21/2005 - 6/5/2015
We sincerely thank Maple Shade Animal Hospital for their donation in memory of Tyler – our Big Baby Boy. Tyler was the biggest puppy in the litter and was known as the ‘mama’s boy’ since he only wanted his mother and wanted nothing at all to do with his brothers and sisters. We quickly learned that he had an old soul. He didn’t care for toys much and he only liked to play on his own terms. He never missed a meal and grew to be almost 260 pounds, which made him extremely intimidating to people and other animals! But, at home, he was a big teddy bear that loved to snuggle and give hugs and kisses. He especially loved to get his ears rubbed and would moan loudly when you were doing it correctly.
He loved to travel to far off places and during his life and visited OH, WI, SC, NC, IN, PA, and IL. But, he ALWAYS liked returning back to his home (and his own bed – which he shared with his mom and dad)!
Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you.” ― Ally Carter, Out of Sight, Out of Time
Wiggles 3/10/2003 - 7/24/2015
I got Cameron when I was a student at VT in 2003, and she was the best dog I could ever ask for. She never met a person she didn’t like and spent all of her life trying to please. She loved to hang out with her friends, go for car rides, swim, and she really loved to beg for food. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her and think about her, but I cherish the 12 incredible years of memories I have with her. I want to thank the VT College of Vet Medicine for performing an emergency pacemaker surgery in April of 2013 that gave her 2+ years of extra time with us and saved her life when it looked like she wouldn’t make it much longer.
‘Wild’ Whiskers (as our vet dubbed her, due to how she would express her disinterest in being poked and prodded on her visits) was adopted from PetsMart and a member of our family for almost 18 years. She was a beautiful cat, petite but definitely the furry boss of our house. Even the dogs wouldn't mess with Wild Whiskers.”
Willie 7/1/1998 - 5/16/2011
It meant so much to receive your letter about the donations made to the Veterinary Memorial Fund by my colleagues in memory of Willie, the best friend and companion a person could ever ask for. I was so lucky to have been his owner for almost 13 years. I hope other animals will benefit from the clinical treatments developed through the research made possible by this fund.
I was blessed to have Wynton in my life for a little over 11 years. What a handsome boy he was! People would stop us in the street and ask if they could come over to meet him. I called him the Mayor, because everyone knew him. People would honk their horns while passing us on our walks. He was an exceptionally handsome Weimeraner, and made the Charles County Calendar for the Month of December 2007. We were active in raising money for Cancer research in dogs, and were supported by many family and friends. One year he won first prize for Charles County Bark in the Park.
I adored my Wynton and I know he loved me. He was my sunshine and inspired me to be a better person. I learned so much about patience, loyalty, and friendship. His loving heart kept me happy and the memories of our life together will never be lost. ‘Twas heaven to be by his side!
We picked Zack out as our Christmas kitten at three months of age. He was very active, enjoyed interactive play, and wanted human/feline companionship. He became “Daddy Cat” to our other three cats.
Ziggy 9/2000 - 4/27/2015
My husband and I were so touched when we received the news that Peaks View Animal Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia had made a donation in honor of Ziggy, the Best Cat Ever. Ziggy was the Queen Bee and the ruler of the roost. She made the daily rules, and we gladly followed them because she gave us so much joy, laughter, and love. She had a zest for life and was the most curious of curious cats. She had us wrapped around her little paw and gave us so much entertainment as she "chatted" with us every day, did her daily rounds of the yard while she was on "mole patrol," and let us know exactly when feeding time should be. Of course, as she aged, she slowed down just a little, but that gave us more time to hold her and pet her and tell her how beautiful she was. We lost her to cancer, and even though it's been three months, we still well up with tears because we miss her so. We are so grateful that we had her for almost 15 years and are so glad that your veterinary college is taking strides to help all beloved animals in the future. Rest in peace, baby girl.
Zoe 11/27/2009 - 6/9/2015
We sincerely thank Maple Shade Animal Hospital for their donation in memory of Zoe – our Beautiful Baby Girl. Zoe Abigail chose us from the first moment she saw us, and when Daddy put her in my arms for the first time, she pressed her head in my chest as if to give me the biggest hug that ever was. In that moment, I felt so much love for this little girl that I knew we were meant to be together forever.
She was my true shadow and wasn’t happy unless we were in the same room. She shared my pillow and snuggled with me every night. She was my baby and the love of my life. She was such a beautiful girl! Zoe was definitely a girly-girl and loved to be brushed and loved for me to pretend to put make-up on her. She loved to be told how she was, ‘the most beautiful princess in all of the land.’ She also loved to be called ‘BBG,’ which stood for ‘Big, Baby Girl,’ and would do twirls to let you know how proud she was to be called that.
Zoe Abigail will ALWAYS be one the greatest loves of my life. I can only say that I will love her forever and will miss her until the day we are reunited once again.